The recruitment of minority students into the schools and colleges of optometry and their placement into appropriate practice settings upon graduation are two priorities of the NOA. Coincident with these priorities is the underlying purpose of the NOA – advancing the visual health of minority populations through the delivery of effective and efficient eye and vision care services to the minority community. A continuing effort of the NOA is the promotion of greater cultural diversity within the schools and colleges of optometry. However, recent NOA efforts have focused on the Association's desire to better educate those populations who are at higher risk of developing sight-threatening conditions like glaucoma and diabetic eye disease—specifically urban, rural, and minority populations with poor access to eye health care—about the importance of early detection and timely treatment. The NOA's involvement in the National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) of the National Eye Institute helps demonstrate the ability and effectiveness of minority optometry as a natural intervener in the course of glaucoma and diabetic eye disease, particularly in minority populations.
Recruits minority students into schools and colleges of optometry. Provides assistance to new graduates, as well as established minority optometrists, in the enhancement and updating of their optometric knowledge, skills, and professional practice; their placement; and the procurement of financial aid. Provides assistance to all established organizations of optometry toward the advancement of the art, science, and practice of professional optometry. “Three Silent Killers That Can Rob You Blind” is a community-focused program of NOA targeted at the three sight-threatening conditions that affect the minority community more than any other community. The program is designed to increase awareness and promote the prevention and control of glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, and high blood pressure within minority communities, and particularly the African American community.
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NOA Newsletter: Biannually
Sherrol A. Reynolds OD, FAAO Associate Professor of Optometry
African American Outreach